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'Selfie' beat 'twerk' and 'binge-watch' to be chosen as the word of the year
“Everything that makes Britain great can be found right here in Northumberland,” announced Robson Green at the start of his new ITV series, Tales from Northumberland. It was a bold claim – do they even have a Nando's? – but this proud son of Hexham is so enthusiastic about the land that stretches from north of Newcastle to the Scottish border that we should give him the chance to prove it. And while Robson takes an eight-week trip around his home county, his accent will apparently be roving the length and breadth of the nation. Last night it took in West Kensington and Tyneside, plus a brief stop in County Down.
Schools will be ranked on pupils' best eight GCSEs in future
More details emerge about the man police want to question ahead of tonight’s special episode of Crimewatch
A 65-year-old man who pleasured himself on a Stockholm beach acquitted of sexual assault because he ‘was not targeting a specific person’
Writers of all nationalities will now be able to compete for the prestigious English-language literature prize
British authors say award will lose its distinctiveness and new talent will be ‘crowded out’
The Black Cats are yet to win this season
A small piranha-like fish with a fierce reputation has been found in European waters for the first time
Thousands of teenagers are being put in for multiple GCSE maths exams in the hope they will get crucial C grade passes in at least one of them.
Café features a wall of Nazi-related memorabilia including images of Hitler, a flag bearing a swastika and Nazi propaganda
New research shows how 'edit wars' erupt over controversial subjects
Every cabin on the ship has a mini-bar dispensing unlimited Konig Pilsener, free of charge
Defender admits difficult start to life in England, but he has grown to love the country and playing in the Premier League
Chancellor unveiled unexpected £365m package of further welfare cuts
Ten years ago, Lynne Truss published Eats, Shoots and Leaves: the Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. It was doctrinaire about commas, semi-colons, dashes and other diacritical marks, and it seemed to signal the end of the line for the Grocer’s Apostrophe – you know the kind of thing: “Apple’s and Pear’s 75p a pound!”, “King Edwards Potatoe’s £1.99 a kilo”.